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Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Dreamland to open for
three days in May
Carters Steam Fair
will open at Dreamland Margate for three days this Spring Bank Holiday.
Organised in association with the Dreamland Trust, this appearance is
designed as a taster to the amusement park of thrilling historic rides
that will be opening at Dreamland in 2012.
Established in 1976 by the late John
Carter, Carter's Royal Berkshire Steam Fair is the UK's premier vintage
travelling fair operator, boasting many rides from the early 20th
Century. The fair's many beautifully restored rides include Gallopers,
Ark, Helter Skelter, Dodgems, Octopus, Victory Dive Bomber and
Swingboats to name but a few. Many of these rides are similar to those
that would have appeared at Dreamland through the years. The line-up
will also feature a Wall of Death ride similar to that which appeared at
Dreamland for many years.
The fair, which travels around London,
Shire Counties and the South East, demonstrates the popularity of
vintage rides and is a great day out for families and children of all
ages. Entry is free with rides on a pay as you go basis.
Carters, with James Messham's Wall of
Death, will be at Dreamland from 29 to 31 May.
Click here to download the
full flyer in PDF format, including details of the Margate Meltdown
event on 31 May.
District Council issues Dreamland press release
District Council has issued a press release describing Dreamland as a
"once in a decade opportunity". The release is in advance of a report
that is going to Cabinet on 29 April, seeking formal support for
additional funding and for the acquisition of the Dreamland site.
Click here for the press release and
here for the Cabinet report.
The news is reported, in a slightly
misleading way, in the
Thanet Times. There is also a similar report on
Monday, 26 April 2010
Kent Online today reports that Thanet District Council is threatening
legal action if the Dreamland site is not handed over by July 2010.
Friday, 23 April 2010
More funding for Dreamland
Works Board agreed today to a grant of £300,000 towards
Dreamland. Thanet Works is a new
initiative aiming to help people into training, education and/or work.
It aims to help people, particularly those of school age and not in
education, employment or training, as well as those on certain
out-of-work benefits. It also aims to help those who want to improve
their skills or gain qualifications. The money is coming from central
government to Thanet District Council, with £4.098 million from the
Working Neighbourhoods Fund.
other news, BBC Radio 4's You & Yours programme featured
Dreamland this lunchtime. The piece started with Bob Preedy of the
Dreamland Trust talking about the rides that the Trust has rescued over
the past few years and about the Dreamland Margate project in general.
This was followed by a studio debate on the merits of the Dreamland
project, with Mark Fisher of Merlin Entertainments and heritage
consultant Jason Wood.
You can hear this programme on the
BBC's iPlayer for the next few days.
and go to Chapter 5.
Above: Winifred Robinson,
presenter of You & Yours on BBC Radio 4.
Monday, 19 April 2010
Dreamland is featured on the
website today as the Dreamland Trust's rides coordinator, Bob Preedy, updates
the media on current work. Saturday's
Kent on Saturday newspaper
featured a critical letter on the vision for Dreamland, which unfortunately did
not actually offer any suggestions on how the vision could be improved.
The Isle of Thanet Gazette featured a
news item on the Dreamland Trust's successful Quadrophenia event last week,
including the following extract:
Saturday, 17 April 2010
Dreamland Trust newsletter
available for download
Issue 2 of the
Dreamland Trust Newsletter
is now available to download. This provides an update on work on the
Dreamland Margate project. If you would like to get a copy of the newsletter
before it appears on this website, please join our
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Dreamland in Independent
|Dreamland features heavily in an
article on Britain's disappearing amusement park heritage in today's
Independent on Sunday. The article is linked to a conference on
amusement park history in Southport this coming Thursday, at which
Dreamland Trust Chairman Nick Laister will be speaking about the
A number of articles have appeared in newspapers following Dreamland
Trust Project Director Jonathan Bryant's recent talk to the Thanet Local
Board at the Margate Media Centre, including
Kent on Saturday and
Friday, 2 April 2010
Joyland Books celebrates
|The Save Dreamland Campaign was
launched in 2003 by
Since 2003, Joyland Books has hosted the Save Dreamland website and has
played a central role in raising the profile of the campaign. Joyland
celebrates its 10th anniversary this month with a series of
light-hearted and often Dreamland-related articles on the amusement park
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